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5 Medical Advancements Improve America’s Lives

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Over the past 50 years, new medical advancements have dramatically improved people’s lives: antibiotics, vaccinations, CT imaging and MRI scanning, statins, kidney dialysis and liver and kidney transplants. Researchers are working continually to identify new treatment options. Consider five new advancements that soon will be introduced, as featured in Women’s Health:

 

1. Saving hair during chemotherapy – Cancer treatments deal a hefty blow to people’s bodies. But the loss of hair from chemotherapy drugs insults their spirits. As researchers worldwide explore new treatment options to combat cancer, some are exploring ways to improve the side effects of the disease and its treatments. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a coolant cap that reduces blood flow to the scalp and restricts chemo to hair cells.

2. Erasing double chins – Gravity and fat cells cause skin and tissues to sag as people age. One common complaint is the development of a double chin. Scientists have developed Kybella, approved by the FDA in 2015, to melt away double chins. Injections of the drug cause fat cells under the skin to dissolve so people can focus on exercising the skin to tighten it up. Trial studies are scheduled for 2017.

3. Killing pain – Soon, people will be able to get a painkiller patch laced with Ibuprofen that provides fast relief for up to 12 hours when experiencing headaches, muscle aches and cramps.

4. Restoring vision – A new retinal implant or bionic eye has been developed to restore people’s vision. The implant links the retina and the visual cortex in the brain.

5. Perfecting uterus transplants – Over 50,000 women in the United States struggle with infertility. Some have uterine damage and others were born without the organ. Uterus transplant surgeries have been successfully conducted in Sweden. In the fall of 2015, surgeons at Cleveland Clinic conducted this procedure, but without success. They are perfecting the procedure with the goal of conducting additional surgeries soon.

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